Fox News Benches Newt Gingrich Amid VP Speculation

Fox News Benches Newt Gingrich Amid VP Speculation

Fox News Benches Newt Gingrich Amid VP Speculation

The Fox News Channel has suspended Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich as a contributor, CNN's Brian Stelter reported Tuesday afternoon.

Fox News recently suspended Gingrich from his position as a contributor to the network "due to the intense media speculation about Gingrich's potential selection" as Trump's running mate.

After describing the bigger-than-life seeming personalities of Trump and himself as being like "pirates", Gingrich asked: "Do you really want a two-pirate ticket?"

Washington Free Beacon editor Matthew Continetti discussed on Tuesday possible running mates for Hillary Clinton (D.) and Donald Trump (R.) in an appearance on Fox News.

But now he's the subject of countless news articles as a Trump booster who has appeared on the stump with the billionaire Republican - driving Fox to cut ties as a preemptive strike against future concerns about bias in its programming.

And as the days count down to the start of the Republican National Convention, all eyes are on the Trump campaign awaiting an official announcement. Newt gets it. I'll tell you one thing, folks.

Trump is expected to name a running mate later this week. "In my mind, I have someone that would be really good", Trump said.

Spokespersons for former Speaker Gingrich did not immediately return a request for comment. He was previously placed on leave in 2011 when he was considering his own run for president. Michael T. Flynn, a retired general and frequent critic of Barack Obama, is seen as a dark horse candidate to become Trump's vice president pick. We're talking about this more from a television perspective, and it's probably the right move for Fox News to make - even if keeping Newt on the air amid such speculation would have likely been a nice little ratings shot in the arm for them.

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